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Water recirculation in swimming pools and spas involves moving water through a filtration and treatment system to keep it clean and safe for use. The process starts with water being drawn from the pool or spa through skimmers and drains. This water is then pushed through a filter to remove debris, dirt, and other contaminants. After filtration, the water may pass through a heater to adjust the temperature, and a chemical treatment system to sanitize and balance pH levels. Finally, the cleaned and treated water is returned to the pool or spa, ensuring a continuous cycle of circulation that maintains water clarity and hygiene.

A skimmer box in swimming pools is a device installed on the side of the pool that helps to remove debris and contaminants from the surface of the water. It works by drawing water into the box through a small opening at the waterline, which allows floating debris like leaves, insects, and dirt to be captured in a removable basket inside the skimmer. This prevents the debris from sinking to the bottom of the pool and makes it easier to maintain clean and clear water. The skimmer also often includes a flap, known as a weir, which helps regulate the flow of water into the skimmer and prevents debris from floating back into the pool.

The skimmer box must contain a child resistant lid in accordance with AS 1926.3. There are a multitude of products and various types.

AS 1926.3 refers to the Australian Standard for swimming pool safety, specifically covering water recirculation systems. Compliance with AS 1926.3 for skimmer boxes means that the skimmer must meet certain design and safety criteria to ensure effective water filtration and safety around the pool. Key aspects typically include:

  • Construction and Materials: The skimmer box must be made of durable materials that can withstand pool chemicals and weather conditions.
  • Design Specifications: The design must ensure efficient water circulation and debris removal. The size and flow rate of the skimmer should be appropriate for the pool’s volume.
  • Safety Features: The skimmer must have features to prevent entrapment or injury, such as adequately sized and positioned openings and secure covers.
  • Installation: It should be installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and in a way that it does not pose a safety hazard to pool users.

Compliance with AS 1926.3 ensures that the skimmer box contributes to a safe and clean swimming environment.


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